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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Philly Beer Week 2012: Day 5 Preview

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At least a day prior to each day of Philly Beer Week 2012, I'll be posting up a small look into what to expect both in terms of the day's calendar of events as well as key/significant/interesting events as well as where you might likely spot me during the day and/or night.

Here's a look into the fifth day, June 5.

For the ravenous beer geeks
~ De Struise at The Farmers' Cabinet. That should be enough to begin the frothing.

~ No Repeat Beer Week is an annual reminder why Memphis Taproom is on every PBW beer geek's schedule for at least one stop during the 10 days.

For the hungry
~ Tacos and Stillwater beer specials at Jose Pistola's. Year-round, they've got some of the city's best tacos. Add the Stillwater beers in to the mix and you've got the recipe of a winning event.

~ I honestly haven't given Ladder 15 much thought over the last couple of years since they opened. An Exit Series beer dinner with Flying Fish could change things.

~ I mention below how Sam Adams brewer, Bob Cannon, will be at City Tap House for lunch. He'll really get his grub on later at night with a beer dinner at Bridget Foy's that looks well worth the $55 price of admission.

For the wild and wacky and downright different
~ Burlesque. Cabaret. Prism. Interstate Draft House. Sounds wild to me.

~ Resurrection Ale House is hosting an event that, let me see if I've got this straight, includes Dogfish Head beer, Trivial Pursuit board games, wigs, vinyl records. And a guy named Sam Calagione.

~ Then, instead of wigs, City Tap House has a bald event going on the same day. Oy, more lunacy for sure. That's after hosting the hirstute Bob Cannon from Sam Adams for lunch.

Possibly under the radar
~ While I could list this event at Molly Malloy's under the food section, I'm wondering if it's not more of an under-the-radar at this point? It's "After Dark" at the Reading Terminal Market, which is pretty cool. Cooler still is that it's Victory, it's Tröegs, it's food, it's Phillies ticket raffles.

~ Eddie Stoudt will be at Brauhaus Schmitz and that just seems entirely appropriate.

~ There is a bunch of sour beers showing up at Eulogy on this particular night. I'm not sure that I've heard anyone really take notice. If you like 'em tart and funky, then you'll want to take notice.

~ Bridgid's is an important, and aesthetically-pleasing, bar in Philadelphia's recent history (i.e. last 20 years) and Narragansett, from Rhode Island, makes some real decent beer. Two great reasons to stop by.

~ Again, another event at one of the country's best train station bars, Bridgewater's Pub. This time, it's an event to help us get to know new local brewers better, Free Will Brewing Company.

Learn something
~ Kennett Restaurant has an event for you that will cover both food and education. You'll learn, you'll eat, you'll drink. Sounds like you'll have a good time as well.

~ A session beer forum. As much as I'd like to squeeze this one (partially to observe whether civility ensues, or not!), it's probably not in the cards for me. But, seriously, the tasting session and the informed and passionate opinions from the panel should be well worth your visit.

And for The Brew Lounge
~ The first stop after hopping off the train should probably be a very dangerous stop. After last year's amazing success with finger sandwiches and punk rock, Home Brew Chef Sean Paxton is again teaming up with Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head at Nodding Head. This time it's a happy hour and once again, it's a can't (or, do not) miss.

~ Too bad I won't be taking any time off from work this year for PBW, because as you can see from above, there are some fine daytime events to check out. Nonetheless, I'll soldier on and continue my day 5 with the dunk tank action at London Grill. A fundraiser and a fun-raiser all in one.

~ Since I'll be just around the corner, Bishop's Collar for an Allagash night with Suzy Woods sounds perfect.

~ If it turns out to be a late night, which is always possible, doing a second Allagash event might be in the cards. This one with the boss-man, Rob Tod, at Barcade for some beer, fun, and games.

~ If I don't close the night with Barcade, then I could see it being on the way home instead in Wayne at Teresa's Next Door where Dr. Joel from New Holland Brewing Company makes his triumphant return to Philly Beer Week after moving to Michigan earlier this year. Charcuterie, cheese, and sour beers will make me feel like I'm back in Belgium all over again. City-folk, you'll want to schelp it to the 'burbs for this one.

Hang in there beer peoples; you've made it halfway through Philly Beer Week, there's no letting up now.

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